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“Great family day out whatever the weather!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Snibston Discovery Museum and Country Park

Snibston Discovery Museum and Country Park
Ashby Road, Coalville LE67 3LN, England
+44 1530 278444
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Coalville
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums
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Owner description: Take a fascinating journey around Snibston where you can discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our everyday lives. From the earliest mining tools, prototype jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London, there is plenty to explore at this must see museum!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Leicester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great family day out whatever the weather!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Visited Snibston today with boys aged 4,6 and 8.Had a great day learning and playing. Cafe is reasonably priced and there are loads of places to eat a picnic onsite -undercover(converted railway carriage) or in the great ourdoors. I like Snibston because it is quite contained, so you don't feel too worried about losing a little one as you can do at some places! The adventure playground and water play was a great hit outside along with the train set! The interactive science exhibits allow the children to learn whilst having fun. There is lots of local history to see and the park surrounding the museum have nature trails, fishing lakes and 3 fantastic sculptures watching your car in the FREE carpark. The colliery tour seemed to be quite popular so a return visit is required .....

Visited August 2014
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Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom
1 review
“Needs Updating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've been visiting Snibston Discovery Park since I was a kid. I've now taken my own daughter there a few times. We always have a fun time (the outdoor play area being a favourite attraction), but so often many of the elderly exhibits are out of order (on our last visit I counted four separate Out of Order signs) or just don't seem to work properly.

Given the price of the tickets it would be nice to see some investment in new exhibits (some of which are completely unchanged in 20+ years) or to get the impression that the existing exhibits are maintained well.

On a side note, the carrot cake from the cafe is fantastic!

Visited August 2014
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Birmingham, UK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Rivals London & New York City !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This sounds an unusual claim but .... We live in Birmingham & have been here three times with our grandchildren, two living in Nottingham, two in New York City. The US kids boy 4 & girl 6 at the time loved it, and NYC is not short of attractions for children. In particular the coal mine - not the real one.

Our daughter in Nottingham took her girl 9 & boy 7 last week for their third visit her first. She (our daughter) is a qualified engineer & in her opinion Snibston is better than London's Science Museum. Her kids knew exactly where to head for first - fashion design for the girl, waterfall control for the lad. They spent six hours there.

A commendable enterprise.

Visited July 2014
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“Good family fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great day out for the family. Lots to see and do. Indoor and outdoor. My kids loved it. Come and experience it for yourself!

Visited August 2014
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“Great value for money for a full day out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We arrived at Snibston at midday, which in hindsight, really was far too late! The site opens from 10am and closes at 5pm and there's plenty there to keep both young and old entertained.
For a little extra cost, you can do a colliery tour which is about 45 minutes to an hour. If you have Chris as your guide, you'll be nearer the hour! ;) Chris is a former miner now retired who has a brilliant sense of humour (well suited to young boys of an impressionable age! Haha!!) and naturally, extremely knowledgeable in his field. We had been with him only half an hour when my 7-year-old son turned to me and said, "Mama, we can come here again, right?!" Right!!
We had lunch in the picnicking tables provided inside, but there are many picnic tables and benches outside in the very awe-inspiring park. Half of the outside is a play park, whereas the other half is exploring the laws of science through play. One such attraction was the water area where a boat can travel from one side, up onto the bridge and down the other side by manoeuvring a series of gates and so on and so forth. My son soon roped other children into helping him complete the challenge and had great fun in doing so.
Inside you have the Extra Ordinary Gallery where my son particularly enjoyed making fire (yes! Real fire!) and manipulating a large magnet and pulley to lift a car. In the Light Fantastic area he was transfixed by the huge plasma ball, and in the Science Showcase room he spent an inordinate amount of time playing with the Black Hole model.
In the Transport, Engineering and Extractive Industries Gallery he particularly enjoyed looking at the horse-drawn vehicles and the collection of old bicycles including the Penny Farthing. He'd never seen a Penny Farthing before and as such laughed his socks off at the very notion of someone being capable of riding such a contraption! There was also a brilliant low mine made that ran through an exhibit where the children could don a hard hat and collect foam coal. They could then place it onto a model conveyor belt system, turning knobs until they all fell off and collected at the bottom, ready for the children to put back into the "mine". This was probably my son's favourite part of this gallery.
There was also an extensive Fashion Gallery which I was unable to devote much time to as there was unfortunately not a lot of boys fashions and skirts and tunics understandably didn't hold my son's attention for long.
To hear that Leicestershire County Council has earmarked the site for closure is simply preposterous and one can only assume that it has been done so, and is supposed by those, who have never visited Snibston before. Those who have been here will have undoubtedly enjoyed it thoroughly as we have. We had five wonderful hours and I was only disappointed not to have been able to have gone to the country park that is attached to it. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing as it means that we must come back in order to explore it!

Visited July 2014
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